Saturday, November 19, 2011
COLLEGE: Cal State L.A. falls short
By Scott French
Cal State L.A.'s bid for the NCAA Division II men's soccer final four came up empty. The Golden Eagles couldn't come back Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo.
Third-ranked Fort Lewis (22-1-0) advanced to its fifth D2 final four with a 2-0 victory as Kosta Kordistos scored on headers in the 17th and 56th minutes. It was the first loss for Cal State L.A. (15-2-6) since Sept. 25 and ended its 14-game unbeaten streak.
This was the Golden Eagles' first quarterfinal since 1981.
The Skyhawks (21-1-0) will meet Millersville, Pa. (14-6-2) in a Dec. 1 semifinal in Pensacola, Fla. New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce (21-0-1) and Lynn, Fla. (14-4-2) face off in the other semi.
In other men's action:
- Oktay Bulut scored an equalizer at the end of the first half and set up the go-ahead strike by Leonardo Grigg (La Verne/Bonita HS) at the start of the second, and Azusa Pacific (13-3-3) advanced to the NAIA tournament's 16-team main draw in Orange Beach, Ala., with a 4-1 first-round victory over visiting Cal State San Marcos (10-7-1). The Cougars will face Science & Arts of Oklahoma (17-4-0) in a second-round game Nov. 29.
WOMEN: Azusa Pacific wins NAIA opener
- Aaron Fenlason came up big in the nets through 90 minutes' regulation and 20 more of overtime, but he couldn't stop Hannibal-La Grange on penalty kicks, and visiting Biola (13-6-2) fell following a 1-1 draw in an NAIA tournament opener. Daniel Chew gave the Eagles an eighth-minute lead, but Hannibal-La Grange (16-4-1) pulled even through Sergi Beltrol in the 12th minute. Fenlason made 10 saves, but the Trojans pulled out a 4-2 triumph in the shootout.
- Jonathan Fausto (Temecula/Chaparral HS) and Marc Hope scored goals to carry Cal Baptist (15-5-0) to a 2-0 win over The Master's (11-6-3) and into the main draw in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association national championship.
- Trevor Bushman's goal 12 minutes into overtime lifted Calvin (18-5-2), from Grand Rapids, Mich., to a 3-2 victory over Texas-Tyler (18-3-2) at Redlands, sending the Knights to the NCAA Division III final four for the second time in three years.
One dominant performance by a local Golden State Athletic Conference team was finally rewarded in the first round of the NAIA women's tournament. Another wasn't.
Second-seeded Azusa Pacific (14-2-2) pulled out a 1-0 victory over visiting Ottawa, Kan. (10-8-3) on Brittany Flanagan's 77th-minute header from Amanda Hardy's cross to advance to the 16-team main phase in Decatur, Ala.
Concordia (13-5-2), from Irvine, outshot Graceland, 30-2, but couldn't find the net and fell, 5-4, on penalties following a scoreless draw.
Rachel Hook (Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS) gave the Eagles life after a miss by the Iowans on the fourth round of the shootout, but Sarahi Casillas converted for Graceland (10-6-4), which advanced when Monica Haynes (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) missed on the final kick.
Azusa Pacific is paired with Hastings, Neb. (19-2-1) for a second-round game Nov. 28.
The other two GSAC schools won their openers and will meet in the second round. Point Loma Nazarene (19-1-2) routed Science & Arts of Oklahoma, 3-0, as Carleigh Salassi (Hesperia/Granite Hills HS and UC Riverside) and Codi Cameron (Murrieta/Vista Murrieta HS) scored goals; Westmont (13-6-0) edged Cal State San Marcos, 1-0, on Kaci Mexico's overtime header.
Azusa Pacific 4 (Bulut 43, Grigg 52, Young 60, Bishop 81), Cal State San Marcos 1 (Rice 32)
Cal Baptist 2 (Fausto 42, Hope 83), The Master's 0
Calvin (Mich.) 3 (Vegter 35, Heethuis 86, Bushhouse 102), Texas-Tyler 2 (Shipman 40, Powell 63), OT
Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2 (Kordistos 17, 56), Cal State L.A. 0
Hannibal-La Grange (Mo.) 1 (Beltrol 12), Biola 1 (Chew 8), OT (Hannibal-La Grange advances on penalties, 4-2)
Home teams listed first
Azusa Pacific 1 (Flanagan 77), Ottawa (Kan.) 0
Cal State San Marcos 0, Westmont 1 (Mexico 108), OT
Concordia 0, Graceland (Iowa) 0, OT (Graceland advances on penalties, 5-4)
Point Loma Nazarene 3 (Wessels 8, Salassi 37, Cameron 89), Science & Arts of Oklahoma 0